Fire by hand drill

Fire by hand drill

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Fat wood in northen ireland

Fatwood as it is called in other parts of the world can be found within northen ireland.

As I was wondering through some woods in south Belfast I caught wiff of pine resin nearby.

There was a standing austrian pine stem in the later stages of decay.

The smell of resin was nearly over powering. The wood which is partially decayed is punk wood which smoulders nicely and for a long time.

The wood strips that are near old knots show little decay because they are packed with resin. You can tell by the smell too.

Get a dry piece and it will light without any preperation.

The red, dead pine needles are also very good.

You can gather some needles and lace them with fat wood and then bind it with somme dry bark to create a great little tinder bundle.

Good stuff.
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